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    Just wondering- HOn30

    In HOn30, are Funaro & Camerlengo still making their line? I was looking at their site. A lot of car pages with no photos. Almost seems like not much interest from there?

    What about Chivers and their freight cars? Will they ever come back into production? The web site says coming soon. But how long has it been?
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    I don't know what to think about the state of HOn30 today. It seems that when I was active in the scale/gauge (late 60's early 70's), there were actually more modelers interested in it. I lurk around a yahoo HOn30 site and there is "action" but most seems to be of the armchair variety. I wish somebody would prove me wrong, but HOn30 seems to be going the way of TT gauge. Many of the guys who modeled in HOn30 seem to be into On30 now...old hands, eyesight, better operation? I know a couple of guys in HOn30 now and they are able to buy the nice brass locos that used to retail for $650 or so, now are $300 or even less! Grandt Line is out of the HOn30 truck business and the "mom & pop" HOn30 manufacturers are going away. 009 is still big overseas, but HOn30 may be breathing it's last here, I hope not.
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    That's the same feeling I was getting. One big blow that I thought of was when Al Sandrini got out of the retailing business. ME has quit making HOn30. T&T doesn't have a web site any more. On and on.

    Sad state of affairs. I would wish it to not be true. I enjoyed what little I did in the scale. Had thought on and off about dabbling further.
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    Why not HOn3 which is slowly growing?

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    the issue with HO30 is simple, it is too big for 2ft gauge and too small for 3 ft gauge. HOn3 is growing, and you can get a lot of great models...

    Modeling Casa Grande in the mid 1980's...before the BORG

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    Quote Originally Posted by RatonMan View Post
    Why not HOn3 which is slowly growing?
    HOn30 for many is used as a simulation of the Maine Two Footers. While the track may be roughly six inches too wide, the rest is pretty much scale sized. Two Footers have their very small size and wonderful whimsy. HOn3 is not the same.
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    Yes, most HOn30 modelers are interested in Maine 2 footers, a few are freelancers or model sugar cane or bush lines (Aussies) but the scale/gauge is still viable. The gents who mentioned "why not HOn3?" are probably not familiar with anything but Colorado 3 footers. Look at what's available in HOn3 now and if you want to model SP narrow gauge, East Broad Top, Pacific Coast narrow gauges, or a multitude of other non Colorado railroads, there is almost nothing available. Look at Blackstone's catalog, just D&RG and RGS. Micro Trains are about the same, almost completely Colorado roads. I know that Colorado NG is what's selling...now...but in years past, one could buy HOn3 SP locos and cars, EBT locos and cars, West Side Lumber CO, and many other "less popular" roads. Perhaps it is that the new crop of HOn3 operators don't care for anything but D&RG, or maybe they don't know about anything except D&RG, or maybe they are more RTR types rather than builders as HOn3 once attracted. I know this will start some "talk", so let me just say that it is MY OPINION and others can express theirs also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mogollon View Post
    I know this will start some "talk", so let me just say that it is MY OPINION and others can express theirs also.
    Woodie
    I know we could take the Colorado named stuff and re-decal it to something else. But it would be difficult to not still see the heritage behind it. Plus, cost of such engines is more than those we might create in HOn30. No. I am not bashing HOn3. I am familiar with it, from knowing folks who have been or are currently involved. There is nothing wrong with that size at all.

    One aspect of HOn30, as I noted before, is the whimsical possibility. One can bash up little critters or rolling stock which have no real companies history. Yet still have a certain feel of small gauge operations. For example, I have wondered if Bob Hayden ever wrote an article about how be built his 30-series center cab diesels.
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    Yes. That is a near famous article. I have it in my scrap book. Just hoping he'd possibly done the same for the big center cabs.
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